Calgary Flames vs. Detroit Red Wings - 10/23/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Red Wings (3-3-0) at Calgary Flames (1-5-0)
NHL Hockey: Friday, October 23, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)
The Line: Calgary Flames -106 / Detroit Red Wings -104 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Red Wings look to shake off a sloppy loss at the hands of the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday as they head into Calgary to battle the Flames.
The Detroit Red Wings look to avoid the Alberta sweep on Friday night as they travel from Edmonton to Calgary to battle the Flames just two nights removed from their disappointing effort against the Oilers. Detroit is still short handed as Pavel Datsyuk remains on the shelf but they have more than enough depth to account for his absence and after a 3-0 start the Wings have lost three straight and will have to play much better if they want to avoid their fourth. The Wings are considered to be a playoff contender in the Atlantic division but if they can't right the ship they may find themselves as sellers at the trade deadline which would signify a full rebuild on the horizon. Jimmy Howard gets the call as he will go up against Jonas Hiller.
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The Flames meanwhile have had a tough stretch of late as they have lost four in a row and have yet to win at home this season and for a team that was expected to challenge for a playoff spot again this year they haven't played the part. Calgary has a ton of youth on their team but have some very skillful players and a great blue line that was supposed to be the strength of the team after acquiring Dougie Hamilton but so far they haven't been able to string wins together and are moving backwards. Jonas Hiller is now the guy between the pipes as Karri Ramo was put on waivers and with Joni Ortio not up to starter's speed yet I think Hiller will run away with the job. This is a tough one to call as both teams need a win but I am going to lean to the home side here as it is very tough to lose five games in a row at home and I think the Flames get it done.